Young offenders are to be taught the impact violent crime has on victims this week.
Offenders from across Caerphilly county borough will be taking part in the Aggrav8 programme, an initiative targeted at young offenders and those at risk of offending who have been associated with violent crime.
Funded by the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, the programme combines drama techniques and exercises with psychology, such as perspective taking and role reversal.
The council’s cabinet member for the environment Lyn Ackerman said: “I am delighted that the Aggrav8 programme is to run again this year.
“The programme enables young people to explore their issues in an emotionally safe environment, and heighten their awareness about the consequences relating to offending behaviour and violence, which can only be of benefit not only to the youngsters themselves, but to the community as a whole.”
Michaela Rogers, the operational manager for the youth offending service, said: “One of the main aims of the initiative is to raise the young people’s self esteem and help them identify skills they do not know they possess.
“Social exclusion and low self esteem are powerful motives for antisocial behaviour and committing violent crimes. This initiative gives us a unique chance to raise and address these issues with young people in an alternative way.”
Last year the scheme showed signs of positive results with six young offenders out of ten completing the course successfully and keeping out of trouble.